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    4th baby...
    We finished out residency with our 3 little girls, born a total of 2 1/2 years apart. It was a trying time for me psychologically. I feel that I suffered from PPD but did not seek treatment. That was a mistake. It was horrible.
    Ok, my baby just woke up from his nap. No more posting. I will get back to this.
    -Elizabeth
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    4th Birth - Very wonderful. Read the Bradley book many times and did the relaxation techniques during labor. My water had broken at home the day after the EDD. Went to the hospital a few hours later because I wanted to wait until my dd returned from school. Wasn't having too bad of cxns when we went in, it was just really annoying to be leaking all over the place.
    The nurses and resident drove me nuts (Is that their job??) wanting to "make sure it was my water" and check me. Whatever. I have had this happen to me before. Plus asking me a million questions on a form. Good thing I wasn't in serious labor yet.
    Water broke at 12:30 pm. Cxns began good and hard at 4pm. I predicted to the room that baby would be born by 8pm. And he WOULD have been, but the dr. left me to NOT push for about 10 or 15 min. due to a problem in the next room. So he was born at 8:10 pm. Nice and big, compared to my others at 9lbs 2oz. Surprised everyone how big he was.
    I did get an epi. I was having an open mind about it when I went in. And I got to past 6 cm dilated before I asked for it. Then the anesth. took a while to get there. In the meatime, in about 30 min. dilated to a 10 and ready to push.
    Only pushed a few minutes. It was a very happy birth experience for me.
    A wonderful nurse started her shift sometime during labor who helped me with cxns a lot.
    The one intervention that I had that did not know about was IV pit after the birth. I asked my dr about it a couple of months ago. I became curious as to why my afterpains were soooo strong. Worse than cxns. I asked him if they gave me pit in the IV. He said yes, it was to prevent hemorrhaging.
    So, I asked if we could wait and see on that this time. He did not agree completely, but agreed to put in a lower dose at first.
    Due to this being my 5th child and being prone to bleeding anyways, (I have always bled a lot) he would not forgo it or wait and see.
    I am worried that my ob will be on vacation when I go in, and I don't know what another dr will say. But at least now I know about it.
    -Elizabeth
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    What has been going on with this baby? Well, after the scare he gave me by not moving for 1 1/2 full days but then passed his NST, I think he is behaving. Me, though, I have been sick since Sat. night with horrible cough and fever, chills and aches. The kind of cough that hurts the lungs and makes me gag or pee. Plus 2 kiddos are sick with the same thing.
    I have absolutely no appetite. I have been drinking ice water and eating the ice cubes like crazy. Occ. I manage to eat a few bites. Luckily everything is staying down.
    Maybe I will just cough out my baby.
    My next appt is next Monday. I will be 37 1/2 weeks, so it will probably just be more of the same...urine, BP, doppler of heartbeat.
    I don't expect to be going into labor before the day before the EDD. I had one come at 38 weeks, but I am not getting my hopes up.
    We need to get our house on the market this month too. It is crazy how much work it is to get everything ready. I am nowhere close to being ready for that or for baby.
    And I need to fit in a b-day party for dd #2, and I think I am supposed to go to my sister's baby shower one of these Saturdays. I better check my calendar.
    Right now, being sick, I don't feel like doing a darn thing but reading posts.

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    Congrats and welcome to your lodge! I'm sorry you aren't feeling well! Thanks for posting your birth stories! I got through the first one but will need to come back to the other 3 .. I love reading birth stories!

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    Well I have been getting sicker every day since Sat. nite. I am not one to go to the doctor when I get sick, I don't even have a primary care dr. Yesterday I went to the walk-in clinic and sure enough I tested positive for flu.
    I did have the vaccine, but I guess that doesn't catch every strain.
    I was very dehydrated and sent to L&D for fluids and to monitor baby.
    The nurse tried 4 times to get the IV in and couldn't so the anesth. dr. came in and got it in.
    My ketones were as high as they could possible measure with whatever they measure it with.
    So, a few bags of fluid on the rock-hard delivery bed helped that a lot.
    I tried very hard this week to keep drinking. I really did! I don't know how I got so behind.
    I also lost 6 lbs!!! That is every pound I have gained over my pre-prg weight.
    Baby scared the nurse for a while with his 101 HR, but he just does that. It comes back up when he moves. He is ok. He was wiggling away from the monitors - it was funny.
    I begged them to let me out last night. I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep in that bed. They discharged me about 1am. Thank goodness I could sleep in my own bed, which felt like sleeping on a cloud.
    -Elizabeth
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    Ok, I have more to say about the hospital. I was soooo frustrated with myself for becoming so dehydrated. I really tried to avoid going in to L&D. I hate being there!!!! I cried a bit as I had to change into a gown in the bathroom. Car salesmen exert control over you by making you wait. Hospitals exert control over you by making you wait WITH your pants off.
    ugh.
    So my biggest problem last night was the continuous fetal monitoring. I love my baby. I want him to be safe. I want to know that my flu wasn't hurting him in any way. So monitor him, see that he's ok, and then get those things off of me! What good does it do? I actally saw what I have read happen to me last night: When the mom is hooked up to the monitors, the doctor comes in and looks at the monitors, and not at mom!!! I had a resident and an attending both come in once each and neither of them even listened to my heart or lungs. They didn't touch me at all. They only looked at the monitor. My DH could not believe it. He was like, "Well, I guess that's the difference between pediatrics and adult medicine." Who knows, I just hope those two aren't the ones on call when I go in for birth. I am so frustrated. I asked the nurse why I needed to keep it on, and she said it was because my HR was high. Well, yeah, because I'm dehydrated. But honestly, the baby was moving like crazy, and then when his HR was low, she got all worried and gave me oxygen and a pulse ox thing on my finger, plus the straps around my belly and the IV...
    And just try giving a urine sample while wearing a gown, with an IV, with cords dangling around your neck and monitors on your big belly, which blocks the view and you have to guess where the pee is going to come out. rrrrrrrrr!
    I really hate being in the hospital!
    If they wouldn't even do intermittant monitoring last night, when I was not in labor, what are my chances of intermittant monitoring dring labor? Probably zilch.
    I just want to have my baby, hold him, and be done with hospitals.
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    I'm just catching up on your lodge and I'm so sorry you went through all that at the hospital. I would say to help your case for intermittent monitoring, go to the hospital armed with info to back yourself up and be just as stern with them as they are with you. This is a battle I didn't have to fight but if I ever did I would just get up after awhile and say I needed to move around and leave it at that. I'd tell them I'd be back after a bit and go for a walk.

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    {{{{Hugs}}}} Ditto... go in backed up with your research, and put your foot down for yourself and your lo. You'll do wonderfully!
    Nancy
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    A little more on that monitor situation...
    I asked DH if he was awake when the nurse was freaking out about the baby's HR...he said he was in & out. I asked him if the HR was anything to really be concerned about at the lowest was 101, hovering around 103, and for several hours before that had mostly been between 120 and 150. DH said anything over 100 is ok. Now...DH is not an OB, but he is a pediatric cardiologist...and he wasn't at all worried. Meanwhile the nurse is freaking me out, telling me my sats are low, slapping on the oxygen mask, having me switch sides like crazy. None of this is raising baby's HR, it's just making him squirm around like crazy and making it even harder for the nurse to keep the monitor on him. And...no doctors came in, so how worrisome could it be? I asked DH what they would do and he said "Induce you." Well, I certainly would not have agreed to being induced if my DH wasn't even worried enough to WAKE UP! So all that freak out was for nothing. I don't know. At least I DO know that my baby tends to have a low HR since it has been recorded on two NST which were reactive. He's just a chilled-out little dude.

    New topic...weight loss from illness, pee color (TMI), and how to start eating again...
    I am having a lot of trouble with this. I do NOT want to get so dehydrated I need fluids again, obviously, so I have redoubled my efforts at oral rehydration. Instead of drinking plain water like I was from Sun - Wed, I have been putting half oj, half water in my cup. Last night I swtiched back to plain water for the last few cups and during the night, but I'm back "on" the oj this morning. I can't stomach undiluted juice and can't even imagine something as sweet as Sprite. My taste buds have completely changed this week. I usually love soda. Well it's not good for me anyways. So, I am trying really hard with the oj and water, but I am getting discouraged by monitoring the color of my pee. In the hospital on IV, of course it became very light. Yesterday each time I went it was darker and darker. Even though I was drinking constantly. So today I am trying again. It's all I can really concentrate on...drink, refill, pee, drink...etc.
    So eating has become a distant 2nd place concern. Actually a 3rd place concern because I am also trying to make sure I feel baby moving. (More on that later).
    Yesterday I ate more in one day than I have since Sun. I ate a piece of buttered toast, 2 small slices of pecan kringle, and before bed I had a small broccoli cheese soup from Quizno's. DH also picked up a Frosty from Wendy's, but I couldn't eat more than a few bites. So that was a major accomplishment yesterday. But I still went from about 9 or 10am until 7:30 pm without any food. There is tons of food in the house. I just literally have no appetite. I cannot force myself to eat. It's almost like a strange form of anorexia. I am not trying to lose weight, obviously, but I can say no to any food. I just don't want it. This goes against what my smarter brain is telling me of course, that I need to eat and baby needs me to eat. I guess I am just waiting to wake up one morning hungry. I will be so glad to see my OB Monday morning. I don't know what I expect him to say other than reassuring me that the baby is fine and I will be sure to feel better in a few days.
    This is very much like what happens during my first 8 weeks of morning sickness...I can't eat, I am throwing up, I am nauseous, I lose a ton of weight, and when that starts to settle down a bit, it's very very difficult to get back "on" food. It literally takes weeks. If I eat the wrong thing, I get a horrible stomachache. I ate a roll at the hospital and had horrible cramps afterwards...from a roll!

    New topic...fetal movement, as they say...Not much going on since I went to bed last night. I woke up in a panic this morning sometime worried that I hadn't felt him move at all and had horrible thoughts, but then I felt a little kick and felt better. I just felt a little kick right now too. I just have never had this concern before. I am so worried something will happen to him before he is even born. I think I will chalk it up to too much on my mind in general, and keep doing my kick counts.

    One last thing...pats on the back...I want to record in my little journal here that my mom and dad and my DH have stepped up to the plate this week with the child care. My kiddos have been well-loved and taken care of since I got sick and even now when I am on the mend but still very very weak. Along with that, I want to give myself a pat on the back because I realized this week that the 3 of them are doing what I usually do mostly on my own (of course DH helps when he is home) and not even doing the housework which I usually do. (Nobody has wiped down the bathroom all week, it's so gross). That is my goal for the day, and it will probably take me all day to do it...wipe down the bathroom with lysol and kill the germs. But...good for us, we are so blessed.
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    Just feeling quite exhausted today. I did really well with the fluids yesterday. Probably not as great today. But I ate a little more today so far.
    I am just wiped out and wish I could sleep all day.
    I had to do kick counts this morning. Baby is just very quiet today.
    I know he will be here before I know it.
    As soon as I get my strength back time is gonna fly.
    Still looking forward to my dr. appt. Monday morning.

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